An inconvenient sea truth: spread, steepness, and skewness of surface slopes.

@article{Munk2009AnIS,
  title={An inconvenient sea truth: spread, steepness, and skewness of surface slopes.},
  author={Walter H. Munk},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
  year={2009},
  volume={1},
  pages={377-415}
}
Bréon and Henriot (BH) have collected eight million globally distributed satellite images of sunglitter, which yield a few simple, robust rules about the statistics of surface slopes: 1) constant angular spread, 2) linear steepness, and 3) sigmoid (near stepwise) skewness (all with respect to wind speed). Yet the information is sparse because it says nothing about time and space scales. The BH rules are an inconvenient sea truth, too fundamental to be ignored, too incomplete to be understood… CONTINUE READING
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